Kale is a conundrum wrapped in a vegetable. If you want to be hip, you need to eat it, drink it, spritz it and love it in all of its various forms. But the leafy green has a lot of drawbacks: It can be bitter, fibrous and downright dreadful if you don't treat it well.
But you may have missed a secret that'll warm your green-juice-loving heart: Massage the kale.
All you have to do is remove the hard stem.
Slice the remaining leaf pieces into ribbons.
And slowly massage the kale for a minute or so (or up to five for curly or red kale), until it turns a deep velvety green.
The motions help break down the sturdy cell structure of the leaves, according to the kitchen's Bridget Lancaster.
Now get out there and give those leaves a massage, and if you're looking for recipes to use them in, take a look below.
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